Tasting and Toasting

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by Christalyn Warner The Pineapple Contributing Writer

BREAKFAST ANYONE? DOWNTOWN DELICIOUS 

The Holidays are in full swing, and with restaurants lining Atlantic Avenue from the library to the beach, great food and drink are seemingly endless. A restaurant scene packed full of new happenings, downtown Delray Beach delivers when it comes to celebrating this time of year. The locals undoubtedly have their favorite spots for lunch and dinner, but breakfast in downtown seems to be flying under the radar. What better way is there to spend this holiday season enjoying a great breakfast or a gorgeous brunch with family and friends! This month The Delray Beach Pineapple explores morning fare and a few of the seasonal indulgences found around town. A quick growing trend of restaurant’s specializing in brunch has taken root in downtown. On Sunday’s, Max’s Harvest in Pineapple Grove, Old Calypso on the Intracoastal, Patio Delray on George Bush, Prime on the Ave., and the recently renovated Boston’s Upper Deck (newly named 50 Ocean) are the most notable of the pack. It is important to note that the Atlantic Grille at the Seagate Hotel as well as Deck 84 on the Intracoastal offer a special brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Also, Sundy House creates a more traditional brunch, buffet style with a variety of options including carving stations and omelets made to order. Best of all, the champagne, mimosas, and bloody mary’s do not end. Celebrate your weekends with Brunch in downtown.

When it comes to breakfast, the longest running and best-known spots are The Green Owl, Christina’s, Boston’s, and Caffé Luna Rosa. Though over the past few years, things have changed and they now have considerable competition on the Avenue. From the new Cie’s Artisan Cafe on Swinton to Boheme Bistro east of the bridge, there are now more options then ever before. When it is time to impress the out-of-towners, give them the experience of sipping a cup of coffee at 10am in 70-degree winter weather. Morning sidewalk dining is the best part about Delray’s breakfast scene. Offering breakfast bites most days of the week, Christina’s off the Avenue in Pineapple Grove is a great local staple. Cie’s Artisan Cafe on Swinton is healthful and delicious. Caffé Luna Rosa and Boston’s on the Beach are famous beachside eater- ies. Spot Coffee across from Old School Square has omelets and waffles that are to die for. Recently opened, Spoonfed by the tracks has an inexpensive menu and ideal sidewalk seating. Crepes by the Sea, under the little red awning on Federal South, offers up light French Fare. Boheme Bistro and Caffe Martier have wonderful food and a quaint café feel. For a quick bite, Nature’s Way Café and Coffee District are perfect places to pop in. If you find yourself with that early morning sweet tooth, stop in to Old School Bakery just west of the bridge. Breakfast in Delray has never been better. Just as the city knows how to celebrate with the largest Christmas tree for miles, so do the restaurants in town, offering holiday inspired food and drink that will be sure to get you in the spirit. The following are just a few of the spots that have shared their specialties with us. For holiday sweets, Eggnog, Gingerbread and Peppermint frozen yogurts are the picks at Orange Leaf. Cupcake overs call ahead for Cupcake Couture’s seasonal Pumpkin and Gingerbread. With promises of menu items celebrating an array of holiday flavors, 32 East’s Chef Nick Morfogen is sure to impress. For some spicy holiday teas, visit Maureen’s World of Tea inside Cie’s Artisan Cafe. You will feel as if you have been transported to a winter wonderland as you sip Black Christmas or Candied Pomegranate tea enjoying one of Cie’s Gingerbread muffins.

Inspired by Triple 8 Vodka based out of Nantucket, Falcon House is featuring a holiday cocktail called Nantucket Sleigh Ride.This fire engine red cocktail has a cinnamon sugared rim and tastes like Christmas. 

Boasting a full list of holiday cocktails including Apple Pie, Eggnog and Spiced Pear martinis’, Sundy House is a luscious escape. The Spiced Pear is this column writers’ favorite. Offering over a dozen holiday beers, including Sierra Nevada Celebration and Anchor Steam Christmas Ale, Coffee District is an amazing place for the beer connoisseur. Cotton candy topped with a pop rock rim, Prime’s Barnum and Bailey is the perfect New Year’s cocktail. Whether you’re drinking your morning coffee at a street side café or partying at one of Delray’s hot spots for New Years, make this holiday season enjoyable. More from Christalyn: Delray Beach’s local food blog, Experiencing Delray Eats. Visit: www.TheLocalKitchenBlog.com